Thursday, March 29, 2012

the exciting part

Ooooh, the exciting part is painting an oil wash foundation over the old, mediocre painting. This image shows the oil wash foundation for a new painting, "Stony Path." In the lower left corner is the little color study for sale at auction on DPW. Auction will end Tuesday, April 3.

Creating a small (5.75 x 4.5 inches) color study has really helped me to stay focused regarding color choices. When I am "lost" I keep pulling out additional colors. Once I counted over 50 pastels to clean and put back after finishing a painting. Maybe some people work this way and love it but it feels to me as if I am out of control as I grab another color thinking that one might "do the trick."  I would rather have 50 pastels out during the small color study process. When I am working on the larger painting, with most color decisions made previously, I can concentrate on finesse.


  1. I can already tell this is going to be a beauty! (I'm glad you got the egg thing figured out too!)

  2. Thanks on the pointer of limited color palette with pastel! I would really love to take a painting class or workshop with you at some point -- do you have any plans to teach in the near future?

  3. Donna, thanks for your continuing support of my work!

  4. Hello Arena,
    Thanks for your interest in a class with me but I retired from teaching workshops a few years ago. I don't have plans to start again but I hope you'll find this blog helpful and I welcome any questions you may have about my process.